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The EU Defense Industry: Background

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So long as the EU defense industry is not the sum of its national parts, it will struggle to compete with giants like Russia and the United States

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The EU Defense Industry: In the Shadow of Brexit

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All of these best-laid plans from Brussels to bolster continental military capacity and foster a globally competitive European industrial base are imperiled by the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU.

Ratings Agencies Add to Sri Lanka’s Political Woes

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The political and economic difficulties are piling up for Sri Lanka.

Russia-Ukraine Row: NATO’s Eastward Trajectory Is the Real Problem

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NATO’s eastward drift has put Kiev in an impossible position.

France Yellow Vest Protests: Jupiter Has Fallen

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A new and virulent protest movement has French President Emmanuel Macron reeling. Has the self-styled ‘Jupiter’ come crashing down to Earth?

EU Counter-Terrorist Financing Initiatives: Time to Move Beyond the War on Terror

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Criminals and terrorists are evolving new ways to launder money and finance themselves. It’s time for the European Union evolve along with them.

EU Battle Royale: Italy’s Deficit VS the EC’s Infringement Procedure

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Between the bond market, intra-coalition politics, and the Brussels-Rome relations, it’s going to be an interesting parliamentary term in Rome.

US Debt: Bomb or Overblown?

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Ignored by headlines and political debate, the US debt load continues to expand at a staggering rate.

Geopolitical Cultural Wars: Why the Crisis in the Orthodox Church Should Worry US Policymakers

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The recent breach between the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches is reflective of a growing nationalist trend in Ukrainian politics, and US policymakers should take note.

International Law vs. Institutional Disarray on Palestine & Kashmir

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Some of the world’s more intractable conflicts demand a legal rather than a political solution.

FLASH: Escalating Russia-Ukraine Tensions

ODESSA, Ukraine (July 17, 2017) Cmdr. Peter Halvorsen, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64), shows the combat information center to President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko while he tours the ship in Odessa, Ukraine, during exercise Sea Breeze 2017. Sea Breeze is a U.S. and Ukraine co-hosted multi-national maritime exercise held in the Black Sea and is designed to enhance interoperability of participating nations and strengthen maritime security within the region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Weston Jones/Released)170717-N-ZE250-167 Join the conversation: http://www.navy.mil/viewGallery.asp http://www.facebook.com/USNavy http://www.twitter.com/USNavy http://navylive.dodlive.mil http://pinterest.com https://plus.google.com

All the latest from the Kerch Strait crisis.

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